MD Podiatrist Discusses Arthritis of the Foot

If your lateral foot pain is usually worse in the morning and improves with motion throughout the day, you might have arthritis, a degenerative joint disease. More specifically, arthritis in the ankle joint could be causing your side-of-the-foot aches. "When the pain is in the lateral ankle, this typically involves post-traumatic arthritis, or joint disease [that occurs] after injury to the ankle or ankle ligaments," Nelya Dan Michaels, DPM says.


"Lateral foot pain could also be caused by subtalar joint arthritis," Dr. Michaels adds. It's possible to develop arthritis in the subtalar joint (the joint just below the ankle joint) if there's an associated flat foot deformity, she says. That's because a "severe flat foot demonstrates an abnormal angling of the heel bone, which can lead to lateral impingement of the subtalar joint," Dr. Michaels explains.

The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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